So we took a trip up to the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival over the weekend. Lots of sheep, yarn, and rovings. I decided that this was a good time to try my hand at spinning. So I purchase a drop spindle and a bit of roving. Here is a couple of meters of what I spun:
Not bad for a first try. It's pretty nifty when you think about it. This gets me one step closer towards fulfilling my goal of having a hand in the entire process, from shearing to garment. I guess this means the next step would be carding, then washing raw fleece, then shearing, then... raising my own sheep? Hmm, I think this last one may be optional.
My wife purchased a natural dye starter kit as well, so we've got pretty much all of our bases covered to making custom yarn.
Oh yes, and here is a picture of that frog-colored Opal I was telling you about: